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Transpac 65 Class box rule finalized

After working at length with Storm Trysail Transpac 65 class participants, designers and Chief Measurer Andrew Williams, the STP65 Board of Directors has released the “box” rule and bylaws by which the class will be governed.

“Many of the questions raised recently have been regarding the accommodation requirements, so the answers to those are included in the rule,” said Williams, also Chief Measurer for the Farr 40 class. In addition, the bylaws include an update to incorporate the move to an Owner/Category 1 Driver Class that, according to Jim Swartz of San Francisco, Calif., “will be attractive to a number of owners.”

Swartz, well known for campaigning his successful Swan 601 Moneypenny, is currently building a Reichel/Pugh-designed STP65 at McConaghy’s Boat Yard in Australia. Another owner, Udo Schutz of Germany, also has begun construction of a Judel/Vrolijk-designed STP65 at Premier Yachts in Dubai, UAE, while a third STP65 – launched in June and making waves in the yachting world ever since – is Rosebud, designed by Farr Yacht Design for owner Roger Sturgeon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The STP65 rule, bylaws and other supporting information is accessible at

www.stp-65.org .